Monday, April 28, 2008

Sick again...and going digital

Well us Stephens have had a rough last couple of weeks. Matthew got really sick on Thursday night and we were up until 3:30 am trying to get him constantly cleaned up and sleeping w/out throwing up. I was suffering from an infection in my old root canal that now needs to be re-rooted. That pain can take anyone out. Jordan got SICK Sunday night and worked from home Monday. Jordan worked from home today because Matthew was running a slight fever last night and just plain looked sick this morning. I'm just hoping the rest of this week gets better.

Besides being sick we've been doing the following....
-Two weeks ago I went to Dallas on a Wednesday night for a site visit on Thursday and then flew to Vegas Thursday night for a site visit on Friday. Jordan flew up with Matthew Friday night and we hung out with his family on Saturday and then went and saw our friends Dave & Melanie that used to live 5 houses down from us (we miss them-sniff, sniff). They have a son just 2 months younger than Matthew so it was fun to see them playing together. I think Vegas for us now with Matthew being so young is just weird. I definitely felt weird pushing Matthew around in a stroller at Mandalay Bay. It's definitely more of a singles scene at Mandalay than family oriented. We did go shopping at this super nice outlet mall on Saturday with Jordan's brother Skylar and his family and his mom. I scored some sweet deals at the Ann Taylor outlet. I'm so excited!

-This weekend we finally caught up with our friends Mark & Cherilyn which I am ashamed to say we hadn't seen for over a year. They live in Queen Creek which is about an hour from us and time flew before we knew it. They've had a son Brighton in the meantime and he's a cutie. We've resolved to see them much sooner than later. We had some yummy Mexican and laughed like usual as their humor and ours is pretty alike.

-I've been dabbling in the digital scrapbook area for awhile but haven't done a ton of projects. I made some 4x6 pages for Cherilyn and got them printed at Costco as matte pictures and slipped into an album for her so she can put her favorite pictures of Brighton in there (her new son). I decided to venture into doing a 12x12 layout of Matthew so I'm posting a few of my project pages below. Let me clarify that I did not create my own elements I just bought digital kits online that I downloaded and then used digital papers and elements to create my layout in Photoshop Elements. It's super fun and addicting and you can play around with a layout until it's perfect and they way you like without ruining any supplies. I won't go completely digital, but this is a fun alternative to paper scrapping. You can print scrapbook pages out like they were photos at Costco for $2.99 a page. Costco does pages up to 12x18 and I think maybe even bigger.

-We're just trying to get well and I get to go to the Endodontic on Thursday-yipee!. We have decent dental insurance, but I was worried my re-root canal wasn't going to be covered but good news for once is that it's covered 90%. Good thing as he was $105 (total cost, not mine) for a 10 min. consult yesterday and the re-root canal is going to be $1,245 (total cost). Why didn't I think of doing that for a career?

Cherilyn's Album

My first digital 12x12 page

Matthew loves to take anything that is stackable out of the cupboard in our laundry room and organize them in rows or on the steps of our stool. I was taking pictures of what he was doing and he came right up and smiled at me so I got this great pic.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

HSN sucked me in!

I do have to admit that I LOVE QVC and haven't ever bought anything from their rival HSN. I happened to turn the channel past it the other day and stopped and got sucked in by their Today Special. I have a lot of line dry items and they were selling this portable CloseDrier where you hang up your items and they dry them faster than line drying. I also got sucked into buying a handy little steamer and some huggable hangers.

All these items came the other day and I got the CloseDrier out yesterday to dry a line dried shirt quickly before heading off to work. A shirt that usually takes 2-3 hrs to dry was dry in less than 30 min. I also used this morning on some line dried items and they were done before the time was up.

I used the portable steamer Sunday on a top I was ironing for work for Monday. My top had all this rouching and the steamer was perfect to get the wrinkles out without having to iron it.

The last item I bought were huggable hangers. We've needed to reorganize our closet for a LONG time now and we started the other day with some clothes. Getting rid of what we don't wear and organizing what was left. The cool thing about these hangers is that they are kindof velvety so slippery items won't fall off of them. I have that problem with several of my clothes and now I won't be finding clothes on the floor when I want to wear them. I am so excited!

Anyways we ARE trying to get organized and my next task is to sort out my shoes and figuring out what I'm keeping and what I'm giving away.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Matthew threw up on the way to daycare yesterday while Jordan was taking him (I had early morning meetings to go to). Jordan ended up staying home with him yesterday and I'm at home with him today. He's had ear infections and his medicine you're supposed to eat with food which he ate with an Isagenix shake but not solid food so probably between that and riding in the car he had issues. He hasn't had a temp and hasn't thrown up again so we're happy about that. I have to take him to the pediatrician to check out his ears this week and talk about if we need to do tubes or not so think happy thoughts for us that everything works out well.